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Fla. modifies informal wetland determination fee


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Nov. 14, 2013 – The fee for an informal wetland determination from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) was modified effective Oct 1. The fee is now $100 for the first acre and an additional $50 fee for each additional acre, up to a maximum of $500.

According to DEP’s Lucy Blair, Environmental Administrator, South District, some Southwest Florida major subdivisions were platted and developed by large corporations prior to today’s stormwater and wetland considerations. She says a prudent buyer (or a savvy seller) should consider requesting an informal wetland determination from DEP before closing on the parcel.

The developments include some from General Development Corporation, Gulf Atlantic Corporation and Punta Gorda Isles; and they’re located in places such as Port Charlotte, Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres and Golden Gate Estates.

“The permitting and construction of the individual lots was left to the individual buyer, rather than being addressed by the developer,” Blair says.

DEP can conduct an informal wetland determination within 30 days. It verifies the presence or absence of wetlands, and whether an Environmental Resource (ERP) permit would be required. If a wetland is present, ERP typically requires mitigation, which is normally a purchase of often-expensive credits at a regional mitigation bank.

For more information, visit the Florida DEP website.

For wetland determination requests within the Department’s South District – Sarasota, Highlands, DeSoto, Charlotte, Hendry, Glades, Lee, Collier and Monroe Counties – call (239) 344-5600 or download the informal wetlands determination application (PDF).

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